October 16, 2014
I set about making something lower in fructose than the usual date filled or other dried fruit filled bliss ball just to watch my sugar intake with my 'snacks'. My kids also do well on lower fructose foods so I'm happy with this one as they liked it also (I mean, you really can't NOT like this recipe!)
This recipe only has 3 medjool dates in it instead of my usual measurement of a cup when I make bliss balls so it's quite low in fructose. It's not nut free so it won't make a good lunchbox snack but perfect for an after school and weekend snack and you might want to freeze some in portions to limit how many you tuck into yourself (They are soooo good!)
I added protein powder to make them a higher protein snack (hazelnuts and almonds are already high in protein) which is a great idea for blood sugar balancing and also to use as a post or pre workout snack. They will be fantastic for kids who don't eat much protein yet. The only protein powder I recommend and one that I feel totally safe in using for my kids is Thriving Protein by Nutra Organics. You can read about why I love it so much HERE
They also have a lot of good fats thanks to the coconut, coconut oil, and hazelnuts so will keep you satisfied. Hazelnuts are high in Vitamin E and the B Vitamins including folate so they will keep your energy levels up. These ball have a high amount of magnesium due to the almonds and cacao so all in all, a pretty yummy and nutritious snack that you can have at least once a day! 😉
This makes around 13 balls but you might want to double the recipe for freezing extra (our first batch did not last long at all!)
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1 cup of desiccated coconut
1 cup of blanched almond meal
1 cup of hazelnuts
1.5 tblspns of Vanilla Thriving Protein (you could use any flavour you have or if not using protein powder, just add 1 tspn of vanilla bean powder)
1.5 tblspns of cacao powder
1.5 tblspns of coconut oil
1.5 tblspns of rice malt syrup
3 pitted medjool dates
Place all ingredients into a high powered blender, processor or thermomix and whizz on high until well combined.
Take your desired amount out to make your 'ball' and press together using the palms of your hands, you will notice it's quite oily, this is good! This is our binder instead of a high dried fruit component so squeeze like you would when making a playdough ball and once in a nice ball shape, place in a glass container for refrigerating.
Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
Once you have made them all (I got 13 from my first batch), place in fridge for 2-3 hours or until they are set, they will be a nice firm ball to bite into.
Would love to know how you go if you make these and tag me on facebook and instagram if you do!
Yours in Health,
Naughty Naturopath Mum
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